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"The Art of Waging War"

"The Art of Waging War"

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THEME: Sun Tzu - The Art of War 

VISUAL POETIC REFLECTION: "Warrior Poet"

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COMPLETE TEXT: THE ART OF WAGING WAR ©2020

"The Art of Waging War"
The object of war is victory,
not war itself.
 
An expeditious victory
is a profound blessing.
 
If victory is long in coming
the weapons will dull
and the soldiers will weary.
 
Long campaigns drain supplies –
Debilitating the army, the homeland,
and the people.
 
Maintaining an army
is costly to the state –
As the war lingers on,
the state weakens.
 
Soon, both army and nation
appear vulnerable to attack –
A protracted offensive war
quickly turns defensive
when overpowered.
 
Thus, the general becomes
an arbiter of the people’s fate;
Therefore, in terms of victory
let the warrior’s wisdom prevail:
 
Time is of the essence,
and almost never on your side.

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